My duties at the Herald sometimes included editing film freelancer Paul Sherman's copy. This week he's out with a book, "Big Screen Boston," looking at some 80 films that were filmed in and around the Hub. Today the Globe gives him a double pump: in the Shelf Life column in the Books section, and a larger item, with a nice pic from "Gone Baby Gone," in the Movies section. If the Herald has run a story, I can't find it on their web site. In 2006, long after I'd departed, Sherman reportedly got jammed up for selling advance DVD screeners of upcoming films. The Loaded Gun blog has the tale, along with another brief look at the book. But Paul emails to says that he was done writing for the Herald by the time of his legal troubles.
Read excerpts from the book at Sherman's Big Screen Boston blog. You can read, for instance, about William Friedkin's 1978 heist flick, "The Brinks Job," which starred Peter Falk. Coincidentally, I spent part of yesterday at the Newburyport Literary Festival listening to another ex-Herald colleague, former staff writer Stephanie Schorow, talking about her new book, which is on the real-life Brinks Job, "The Crime of the Century." And one of the things she said, ironically enough, is that in conducting interviews for the book, she found that many Bostonians had conflated their memories of the actual heist with scenes from the movie.
Among the events tied to Sherman's book is a June 5 Coolidge Corner screening of Peter Yates' 1973 crime flick "The Friends of Eddie Coyle," based on former federal prosecutor (and Globe and Herald writer) George V. Higgins' novel. It stars Robert Mitchum as a low-level Boston hood jammed up between the cops, a bank robbery gang and a gun dealer connected to radicals. Terrific performances - by Mitchum first and foremost - and lots of authentic Boston color - make this in Sherman's opinion and mine the best feature ever shot here. Take a look at the trailer: